By Megan Pavlischek Grant, Juicy Ecumenism.
As an evangelical Christian and Wheaton College alumna (2009), who has spent years living among Muslims in Morocco and has worked with Iraqi refugees in Illinois, I find that the controversy surrounding Larycia Hawkins appeals to some of my deepest theological, intellectual and emotional commitments.
The issue boils down to two of Hawkins’ actions:
- She committed to wear a headscarf for the season of advent as an expression of compassion and solidarity with Muslims in America. – Good for her!
- She justified her actions on Facebook, saying “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book…” – Here is where she went terribly wrong.
One of my passions is encouraging evangelical expressions of empathy, compassion and solidarity with Muslims.